tv CBS Evening News With Katie Couric CBS November 2, 2009 7:00pm-7:30pm EST
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it's the kind of news we've waited a long time to hear. two industries hit hard by the recession are finally showing signs of rebounding. today the government reported construction spending rose by .8% in september, powered by the largest jump in home building in more than six years. and ford has made a u-turn, announcing today that it earned a third quarter profit of nearly a billion dollars. national correspondent dean reynolds reports on a rare occurrence of late: a detroit success story. >> reporter: it's been 51 months since ford last made money selling cars in this country, so today's numbers were reason for company executives to crow a little. >> consumers are really seeing the value in our products and we're seeing that in our revenue. >> reporter: ford, which avoided the bankruptcy that befell chrysler and g.m. gained market share and made money around the
globe. $357 million in north america, $247 million in south america, $193 million in europe, and $27 million in asia. all in all, nearly a billion in priceless black ink, compared to a $161 million loss in the third quarter of last year. >> there's no question that the improvements in quality, the improvements in the product are what is turning ford around right now. >> reporter: ford's worldwide third quarter results were helped by the government's cash for clunkers program during which ford's focus and escape models were among the top sellers. but ford still has big problems. labor problems. it reached its relative prosperity through, among other things, a rigorous restructuring. corporate speak for slashing 53 jobs and closing-- 53,000 jobs and closing 13 plants since 2006. a new contract with ford, approved by the u.a.w. leadership but including a
six-year no strike clause was rejected today by more than 70% of the rank and file. gary walkowicz led the effort to reject it and his locals sure did, by 93%. >> i think people are angry and fed up with concessions. we've given concessions year after year for the last five years. i think people got to the point of saying "enough is enough. that's it." >> reporter: but ford remains bullish on its business. it was only a couple of months ago that they were predicting 2011 will be a break-even year. today they said 2011 will be a year of what they called solid profitability. katie? >> couric: dean reynolds. dean, thanks very much. now turning to afghanistan where two months of political turmoil ground to a messy halt today. the country's election commission declared president hamid karzai reelected, a winner by default after his runoff opponent dropped out. as our national security correspondent david martin reports, president obama quickly endorsed the decision but with serious reservations. >> reporter: president obama's
phone call to hamid karzai was unavoidable. like him or not, he is the partner the u.s. will have to deal with. >> i emphasized that this has to be a point in time in which we begin to write a new chapter based on improved governance. >> reporter: in other words, root out corruption and serve the people. >> he assured me that he understood the importance of this moment but as i indicated to him, the proof is not going to be in words, it's going to be in deeds. >> reporter: u.s. soldiers are fighting and dying to support a government that has yet to prove worthy of the name. if we get a karzai who governs in the next five years essentially has he has governed the last five years, what's the outcome? >> i think the outcome is likely failure. >> reporter: stephen biddle of the council on foreign relations says the first sign karzai ends to govern will be the people he brings in. >> if what we are seeing are
former war lords, power brokers in key provinces that he wants or needs politically, that would be a very worrisome sign. >> reporter: still faced with the decision whether to send tens of thousands of more troops president obama is probably asking himself the same question cbs' mandy clark put to abdullah abdullah, karzai's loan remaining challenger who pulled out of the race over the weekend. does obama really have a partner here? >> i think i will leave it for the united states to judge it because i think the united states has an experience of dealing with the same partner in the past few years. so this is what it is. >> reporter: if it doesn't change, officials say the afghan people will cast the vote that really counts and side with the taliban. katie? >> couric: david martin reporting from the pentagon tonight, thank you. now, the united states went to war in afghanistan less than a month after the attacks of september 11, 2001. today, a relic of that terrible day returned to new york city:
steel from the ruins of the twin towers now part of the u.s. navy's newest warship. national correspondent jim axelrod has that story. >> reporter: the brand new u.s.s. "new york" sailed into the city it honors today. the symbolism lost on none of the sailors or marines on board. >> i will never forget what that felt like standing on the flight deck coming up the hudson river passing by the statue of liberty paying honor at ground zero. >> reporter: at 684 feet long, costing more than a billion dollars, the ship was built in part with 7.5 tons of steel from ground zero. >> i walked underneath the ship and put my hand on the hull and every hair on my body stood on end. >> reporter: the emotional centerpiece of the u.s.s. "new york" is the front of the ship. that's where the 7.5 tons of steel were salvaged from the wreckage of the twin towers, melted down, and reforged as the bowe. it's a powerful thought for men and women stationed on the "new
york." from the ashes of the greatest attack against america rises the force to fight back. >> it's the a way of honoring my cousin. he was in tower one. it's hard, but everyday i try to make him proud. >> reporter: jeff parness was there when the ship docked. he knows symbolism, having taken a flag nearly destroyed at ground zero to other communities hit by tragedy and having the people there repair it, such as greensburg, kansas, decimate bid a tornado. >> to me it's the ultimate symbol of we're all in this together and this is what happens when americans are determined and help each other recover after disaster. >> reporter: no one knows more about recovery and transforming tragedy into strength than those who live in new york and are witnessing the new world trade center beginning to rise. another reminder sailed right by today. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york.
>> couric: now to the fight against the h1n1 flu. the c.d.c. said today about 30 million doses of vaccine have been manufactured, still far short of the 250 million expected to be produced. the virus is now widespread in nearly every state. but dr. jennifer ashton has some encouraging news about the vaccine's effectiveness for two of the most at-risk groups. >> reporter: as pregnant women continue to line up to get the h1n1 vaccine, government tests released today show how well it can protect them. 21 days after receiving a single dose of the vaccine, 92% of pregnant women had adequate immunity from h1n1. >> this should be reassuring news to those women who already have received the vaccine and it is vital information for those pregnant women who have not yet been vaccinated. >> reporter: as for children, earlier clinical trials showed those under age 10 were not protected by just one shot. today it was confirmed that they
need two shots. in children aged six months to three years, 100% had improved immunity after the second shot. in children ages three to nine, 94% had immunity after the second dose. officials hope today's results might comfort anxious parents. >> the risk of not getting the vaccine is much greater than the risk of getting it. and the benefit of the vaccine is clear. >> reporter: negotiation the unprecedented safety monitoring of the h1n1 vaccine, the government has formed an additional committee of independent experts to look at safety data and that group had their first first meeting today, katie. >> couric: dr. ashton, if a child needs two doses, can he or she get it during one doctor's viz it? >> they can't, katie. for h1n1, the interval has to be three weeks apart. >> couric: dr. jennifer ashton, thank you so much. coming up next here on the "cbs evening news," a new way to look at dementia that may very well change the way doctors treat it. i'm lindy.
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>> reporter: how do you know when someone is in the final days of life? researchers found patients with late-stage dementia, those that speak fewer than six words at a time and are completely dependent lived on average only 16 months and about 40% were in pain. >> how are you feeling? you okay? >> reporter: advanced dementia has the same poor prognosis as terminal cancer, but only about 18% of family members said this had been explained to them by doctors. those who understood that advanced dementia is fatal were far less likely to allow extraordinary measures like feeding tubes and emergency room visits. >> here's somebody who doesn't understand who is doing this and why they're doing it, it's going to feel almost like an assault. >> reporter: dr. grek sachs, author of the editorial "dying from dementia" watched his own grandmother suffer through aggressive treatments right up until she died. he's among a growing number of doctors who advocate hospice care to comfort patients such as
gertrude buckley. covered by medicare since the '90s, it costs families nothing but is used in only one in ten patients with advanced dementia. >> certainly i'm not advocating putting grandma on an ice floe. people actually have a right to aggressive palliative care. they need somebody who is watching them, who is measuring their symptoms, who is responding to their pain. >> reporter: because buckley left no advanced care instructions, her daughter has been left guessing about her mother's wishes. >> i know she wouldn't want to be in pain. i opted not to do anything that was uncomfortable for her. but just to make sure that she was really well taken care of and comfortable. >> reporter: experts stress the goal of hospice for patients with advanced dementia is not to hasten their death, it's to make their last days as comfortable as possible. katie? >> couric: dr. jon lapook. jon, thank you very much. meanwhile, a scary few minutes today for the passengers and crew of a delta airlines jet that ran into some birds after
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>> couric: there's a battle brewing in the senate over legislation known as cap-and-trade. it would allow companies that exceed greenhouse gas emissions to buy credit from those who haven't. senate republicans want more time to study the idea and plan to boycott a hearing tomorrow. today i spoke with someone who knows a bit about washington politics and the environment, former vice president al gore. he's out with a new book and is on the cover of this week's edition of "newsweek." here's a portion of my exclusive interview. in the same "newsweek" that you grace the cover, karl rove writes an essay and he says this plan will put the u.s. on a ruinous course. he cites a congressional budget office report that says a 15% c.o. 2 reduction would cost the average american household $1600 a year and further more he claims it would shift jobs overseas. thoughts? >> well, that's the reflexive automatic response of that has always been offered whenever we
americans have decided to stop dumping pollution into the water and the air and on the ground. and the point is that... first of all, the estimated cost is a postage stamp a day for the average family. and yet the benefits are not taken into account always, the benefits in the form of millions of good new jobs. now is the time to make the switch away from undependable, insecure foreign sources of energy and reclaim our own destiny by having american made renewable energy that's right here that creates jobs that cannot be outsourced. >> couric: in a recent pugh poll 57% of americans said there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising, but that's down from 71% in april of 2008. why do you think that trend is happening?
>> well, first of all, i think that poll is something of a so-called outliar. a solid majority wants to see legislation pass, wants to see this problem solved. this there has been a very& well-financed very well organized campaign by some of the largest carbon polluters to try to sew doubt and to try to use confusion as a means of slowing down the process by which we put restrictions on the amount of global warming pollution that's being put up there. >> couric: you write in your book about c.e.o.s saying they would want to be more efficient and save money in the long run for their company but not if it was going to affect the bottom line for the next quarter. >> we are predisposed to short-term thinking. but we also have other xas tease and we've proven it many times in the past. think about the campaign against smoking, classic example. at first it didn't succeed but then it made impressive gains. seat belts.
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hartman in tonight's "assignment america." >> reporter: in other object is shaped quite like it: unique yet ubiquitous. for centuries, this was the tool upon which all other tools were made, the common anvil. how do you feel when you're surrounded by anvils? >> i'm happy. >> reporter: his name is gay wilkin son and although his garage is lined with old anvils, this story is about a lot more than just a collection. can we call it a obsession? >> i think it. is. >> reporter: about 20 years ago, gay became captivated by the form and ever since, whenever he's not as his respiratory therapy job he's usually right here, carving anvils, by the thousands. >> and when i die i can't take it with me. but i desire to have an anvil grave marker. >> i'm going to bury him under an anvil. >> reporter: his wife cookie is remarkably tolerant of his fixation. not because she lets him keep a
tire form anvil on her roof or but because she puts up with the carvings but because of what's coming next-- easily the most weird part of his obsession. >> there's nothing like shooting anvils? >> what's a shooting anvil? >> shooting an anvil off another anvil. >> bam, it will go off. >> you'll never be the same after you see this. (laughs) >> reporter: so with more than a tiny bit of trepidation, i followed gay to the park and watched as he thread add fuse through one anvil, then packed it with a pound of black pow powder, then set another anvil on top and finally told me where to stand. >> reporter: we're safe here? >> yes. >> reporter: your grandson's seen this before? >> yes. >> reporter: how come he's way back there? (laughter) >> maybe his grandmother told him. >> reporter: what you're about to witness is not something gay invented. invalue shooting has a proud history in america. no one is sure who was the first numskull to try this, but gay
says it was common practice during pioneer days. folks would shoot an anvil as warning sign or celebration. today, of course, hardly anyone knows what an anvil is, let alone wants to do this to one. >> and it's skyward. it's launching something that wasn't intended to be launched. i think that's the lure. >> reporter: whoa! >> the men get very excited about it. >> really? >> reporter: the women kind of laugh. >> reporter: it is kind of a guy thing. but living for anvils, that's solely a gay wilkin son thing. >> we can do it again if you prefer. >> reporter: no, it's good. >> you're good? (laughter) >> reporter: unlike you, i see it once, i'm good for that. gay and cookie's daughter got married. her present from dad? an anvil shooting at the ceremony. just what every bride dreams of. >> couric: wow! good times. but he's having a good time. >> reporter: and wants you to watch a few of them. >> couric: ook, i'm look forward to that.